Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua pulls plug with filming their new movie in Georgia
Atlanta, GA- Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua have decided not to shoot their new film Emancipation due to voting restrictions.
A couple of weeks ago, Atlanta's governor Brian Kemp decided to pass voter restriction laws, which could affect minority voters. A lot of organizations, as well as citizens have spoken against the new restrictions.
Sporting organizations, like the MLB, decided their voice was not heard enough and decided to pull the plug on All Star Weekend in Atlanta this year. After that move was made, many actors such as Will Smith decided that they were going to boycott Atlanta, because of the voter restrictions.
At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice,” Fuqua and Smith said in a joint statement. “We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access. The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting. Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.”
Their film Emancipation was scheduled to film in June. It is unclear if Smith and Fuqua will move their production or wait out the process.